Flames captain Kamwendo out for two weeks

Malawi’s Flames captain
Joseph Kamwendo will be
out of action for two weeks
following an injury he
sustained against Algeria
last Wednesday in a 2015
Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier.
Kamwendo , who plays for
TP Mazembe in Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC),
was taken off stage in the
first half after stretching his
muscles.
“I have been advised to rest
for two weeks which
means I should bounce
back early next month and I
am optimistic that I will be
fit for the Mali encounter,”
said Kamwendo from DR
Congo.
Striker Atusaye Nyondo also
suffred an injury during the
game and did not feature
for his South African
Premier Soccer League (PSL)
side University of Pretoria
in the 3-0 defeat at the
hands of his former club
SuperSport United on
Saturday.
Flames assistant coach Jack
Chamangwana yesterday
said attributed the injuries
to the long trip to Algiers
that took the Flames about
18 hours.
“It was not easy for the
players to play a crucial
game on Sunday then travel
the following day [Sunday]
for 18 hours.
“By the time we arrived in
Algiers, they were not in
sound physical condition;
hence the injuries, but we
are keeping our fingers
crossed that they should
recovered in time for the
Mali game,” said
Chamangwana.
Apart from Kamwendo and
Nyondo, defenders James
Sangala and Lucky Malata
are also nursing injuries
that kept them out of both
games against Algeria.
Both Sangala and Malata
yesterday claimed they had
made tremendous progress
and are confident of being
available for selection
against Mali.
“I am getting on well and
by the time we play Mali I
am confident that I will be
fit,” said Malata who is also
the Flames’ first vice-
captain.
Already, key midfielder-
cum-striker John Banda is
out of the rest of the
campaign having been
ruled out for a further six
weeks due to a recurring
ankle injury.

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